Monographs Details: Pitcairnia valerii Standl.
Authority: Smith, Lyman B. & Downs, Robert J. 1974. Pitcairnioideae (Bromeliaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 14 (1): 1-658. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Plant to 2 m high; rhizome short and stout; stem 10-13 cm long, covered by the densely imbricate leaf-bases. Leaves 10-15 dm long, entire; sheaths triangular, 1 dm long, densely and finely brown-appressed-lepidote; petioles 15-25 cm long, 5 mm wide; blades sublinear, attenuate, 30-35 mm wide, bearing 5 or 6 narrow grooves, finely nerved, glabrous. Scape erect, short, slender, glabrous; the lower scape-bracts foliaceous, 5 dm long, the upper 2 cm long. Inflorescence paniculate, laxly tripinnate, 7-18 dm long, glabrous; primary bracts withered and fallen at anthesis; axes terete, smooth, red; branches up to 33 cm long; racemes many-flowered; internodes 4-10 mm long. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, less than half as long as the pedicels, greenish, scarious-margined; flowers spreading or nutant; pedicels slender, 5-7 mm long. Sepals narrowly triangular, attenuate, 9-12 mm long, green, scarious-margined, ecarinate; petals linear, red, acute, 2 cm long, bearing a small suborbicular scale at the base; stamens slightly shorter than the petals; pistil exserted; ovary four-fifths superior. Seeds long-caudate at both ends

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